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As summer temperatures rise, Oregon OSHA encourages those who work outside to learn the signs of heat illness and focus on prevention

As summer temperatures rise, Oregon OSHA encourages those who work outside to learn the signs of heat illness and focus on prevention.

Exposure to heat can lead to headaches, cramps, dizziness, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, and even seizures or death. Therefore, one must be careful and take note of these prevention practices: Work mostly in the coolest parts of the day; work in pairs; drink plenty of water every 20 minutes; wear light, loose fitting clothing; take frequent breaks; avoid large meals and caffeine before work.

To help those suffering from heat exhaustion: move them into the shade; remove heavy clothing; provide water; cool skin with fan or water; call 9-1-1 if they don't feel better within a few minutes.

For more information about heat stress and illnesses visit https://bit.ly/2NMwADM.

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